At the beginning of the hearing, the court reiterated the statement on January 18 that WhatsApp is a private application and whether to download it is optional.
The court said: “It is not mandatory to download it. Every other application has similar terms and conditions for sharing user information with others.” It also asked why the petitioner questioned WhatsApp’s policies.
The court also pointed out that Congress is reviewing the Personal Data Protection Act and the government is investigating the issues raised in the request.
At the hearing, ASG Sharma stated in court that by preventing Indian users from sharing their data with other Facebook companies, WhatsApp appears to be treating users in an “all or nothing” way.
He further said: “This makes full use of the social significance of WhatsApp and forces users to bargain, which may violate their interests in information privacy and information security.”
He also told the court that although the problem lies between the two private users-WhatsApp and its users-the scope and breadth of WhatsApp “become a close connection with a reasonable and strong policy for personal data protection. The draft and Discussions are ongoing.”
Sharma said that the government is already investigating the issue and has sent a communication to WhatsApp seeking certain information.
Kapil Sibal, a senior defense lawyer who attended WhatsApp, told the court that the letter has been received and will receive a response.
Since then, the court listed the matter for trial on March 1.
According to the new policy, users can accept it or exit the application, but they cannot choose not to share their data with other Facebook-owned or third-party applications.